A stream of consciousness when I should be writing

At the moment, I’m busy, busy trying to write the most lengthy thing I have ever written. No specifics, you know how it is, but writing something like this is a process I’ve read about so often and never really got this far with.

Things that help:

  • Being in a different place. I was writing whilst I was off on my alphabet adventure and at the end of the day, I would sit in my room and type type type. Equally, just moving away from my desk and taking the laptop towards the sofa makes a huge amount of difference. It’s not like there are any less distractions when I have the entire internet at my fingertips, but being away from the regular place makes it easier to do something different.
  • Rainymood. A sudden influx of sunshine means people like to do things like mowing lawns and having loud conversations in the garden. This is where earphones and rainymood are very useful. I did find the site was glitching for me at one point, so instead I tuned in to the SleepMachine app that I mentioned here a while ago. That works just as well. Far better than listening to the spoken word, and I find my playlists very distracting because it just makes me want to sing along.
  • Percentages. I’m quite lucky in that what I’m doing has specific sections so I know how far I am through it. Seeing the percentage creep up each day is really motivating, although the days when it stays the same is less so. It’s also good to say, when I get to this percentage then I can have a reward. I haven’t decided what my reward should be for finishing the whole thing. Maybe cake.

I’m not too far off the end now which is fabulous, although, of course, I am procrastinating by writing this post. It’s such a fascinating thing that in the midst of this, it feels as though I can’t think about or do anything else until it’s done, else I’ll break the motivation and never get back to it. I pine about actually having a life again.

Except, when I wasn’t writing this, that “having a life” business was mostly spent dreaming about actually being able to write something. You can’t win!

4 thoughts on “A stream of consciousness when I should be writing

  1. Sounds like you are making good progress with whatever it is. I think it has to improve the quality of writing to have a break and write blog posts etc. If you just sat in front of the keyboard and wrote from start to finish your brain would not be relaxed enough to produce your best work.

  2. As Merlin says, “writers write”, but as he also says, “most writers dream of having written, rather than actually writing”.

    I have certain albums that I can write to and certain music that I can’t at all. I certainly couldn’t write to a playlist where fun music kept popping up. But certain albums I know so well and aren’t really sing along that they really work for me. I used to play them on repeat, but now I tend to manually play them again and again. This gives me a bit of motivation to keep going, take breaks when the album stops but only then.

  3. This gives me a bit of motivation to keep going, take breaks when the album stops but only then.

    That’s a good idea. I do find it very tricky because I dislike silence, find that distracting in itself, so I need something but finding the thing is so hard!

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